Sporting stars engage with students and encourage and inspire a new generation
KURTLEY Beale has seen how the magic of sporting role models can rub off – first as a starry-eyed kid and then as a football superstar himself.
Which is why he was so delighted to return to his old primary school, Shalvey Public School, with fellow Wallabies great Glen Ella, to pass on some football tips and help celebrate NAIDOC Week.
“I can remember when I was at school here and (former Penrith, Origin and Australian rugby league star) Mark Geyer turned up to present some awards,” he said.
“That type of engagement always rubs off on kids.
“It’s a very special feeling for me to be able to give back, to support and encourage the new generation and maybe to inspire a young kid’s dreams,” said Beale, who is recuperating from a serious knee injury suffered while playing for the Waratahs in May.
Beale, whose brother, sisters and cousins have all attended Shalvey Public School, remembered it as a “great school, renowned for sport, always wanting the best for students, very supportive and with strict discipline”.
One quarter of the school’s 325 students are from Aboriginal and Islander backgrounds.
Glen Ella said the NAIDOC events were important for both indigenous and nonindigenous kids.
“The non-indigenous kids are sometimes more excited because they want to learn about Aboriginal culture,” he said.
“When I went to school we learned nothing about Aboriginal history. It was only after Captain Cook turned up.”
Kurtley Beale with Shalvey Public School. students Jerome Matthews 7, Cayden Roser, Tamikah Spencer 5, Emeren ren Leafi 10, and Myles WiddersW 12. 2.
The Chifley College Mt Druitt Students team.
Caressa Sengstock from the Street University leads the students in a traditional dance and (inset) the smoking ceremony.